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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dubuc Tomahawk EV Looks to Fight Tesla

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With Tesla Motors, CEO Elon Musk has achieved what few others probably could do or would have done: conceive a world-rivaling EV in just a handful of years.So when a small start-up company in Canada claims itself a worthy cousin of Tesla, eyebrows are understandably raised. This is the Tomahawk. It’s an all-electric sports car concept from Quebec’s Dubuc Motors. If the company gets the needed funding, it could be coming to a roadway near you.




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Dubuc first came onto the scene earlier this year when it divulged plans for a lightweight and easy-to-assemble kit car, priced at around $30,000. Months later, the Tomahawk EV looks to fast forward those plans a bit, though the company reports pricing is expected to be closer to the $100,000 mark.

Detailed technical specifications are currently unknown, but for that chunk of change Dubuc says the 2+2 seat Tomahawk offers up a full electric drivetrain, all-wheel-drive, and – rather startlingly – a zero to 60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Top speed has been restricted to 140 mph, but Dubuc says an overall range of 275 miles is possible.






Finer points include the ubiquitous concept car scissor doors, as well as an adjustable height air-ride suspension and lightweight aluminum chassis. Dubuc claims that featherweight architecture is highly scalable though, and could easily be utilized for taxi service or a utility vehicle.
Dubuc’s hunt for investors continues. If successful, it will yield a production-ready Tomahawk for the 2017 model year. What do you think, Internet? Any takers?